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September 27 – October 22: Architectural Landscape Design

October 25 – November 19: Pool Operation Strategies

November 22 – December 17: Basic Chemistry

For more information, visit www.keiseruniversity.edu and click on online education.

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Toro Lends Haiti A Helping Hand

Bloomington, Minn.–In response to the earthquake that devastated Haiti, The Toro Company donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross International Response Fund to aid in the relief efforts. Additionally, the company matched all employee contributions to the Red Cross through March.

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PBI/Gordon T-Zone Label En Espanol

Kansas City, Mo. – A Spanish version of the label for T-Zone Broadleaf Herbicide for Tough Weeds is now available on the PBI/Gordon Web site. PBI/Gordon will continue to add Spanish versions of their product labels and MSDS information to the web site as they become available. For more information, visit www.pbigordon.com.

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Honor Veterans With Pride

Randy,

I’ve enjoyed your articles in PRB and wanted to respond to your patriotic events article (November 2009). We held a first-time event for our veterans this past Memorial Day and it was a great success. We are a small township and some of us wear many hats, so this was a joint effort between our historical society and township clerk’s office to erect a new Memorial Park. We sold bricks for veterans’ names and have a beautiful monument with the three large flag poles and a huge, black steel bell. It turned out gorgeous (if I do say so myself).

We were planning on about 200 people (which we would have been thrilled with that) but had almost 400. I think what I found to be most thrilling was to have people come up and say how they were so touched by the service, they hoped we would do something every year. I don’t know if we can repeat what we had last spring but I’m sure going to try. I just wanted to honor and please our veterans and I so enjoyed hearing them say they felt appreciated– that was the best of all.

Julie Sjogren,

Algoma Township, Mich.

Planning Department

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Handshake Can Have Bigger Impact

I wanted to let you know that the Athletic/Fitness section of the Washington Recreation and Park Association took to heart your August 2009 PRB Sports Spotlight (Don’t Hide The Handshake) article about making the handshake a pre-game activity.

The city of Lacey hosted the state adult flag football tournament at the Regional Athletic Complex where following the pre-game, captains and officials meeting both teams were asked to meet at center field for a pre-game handshake. This action prompted the teams to conduct a post-game handshake at every game where it has be an occasional occurrence at past tournaments. The players even included the game officials in their new pre-game ritual. Throughout the tournament of 12 teams playing in two divisions (or levels of play), there was only one team that had been issued any unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, truly an isolated situation.

Serving as the tournament director for my colleagues from nine different agencies I would have to say it was one of the quietest and well-mannered state tournaments we have held in years. While I understand the work of the National Alliance for Youth Sports and the focus of your article was to positively impact our youth sports leagues, it can have a larger impact.

Thank you for your article,

Clarissa Ruston

Recreation Coordinator

Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation

Auburn, Wash.

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